Minneapolis, Minnesota (PressExposure) August 02, 2007 -- An estimated 50 cars plunged into Minnesota's waters Wednesday as the result of a bizarre bridge collapse over the Mississippi River. At least seven have died and many others are certain to be effected for years to come. Survivors of the incident will no doubt bear the emotional markings. Those who lost loved ones face a long road of mourning and wondering. While this tragedy hits close to home for the citizens of Minnesota, they are unlikely to be alone in their thoughts of contemplation over the matter.
There are an estimated 30 million persons in the United States currently dealing with the emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences of bereavement. Loss is a part of life that can crash you into the waters below or come at you from the sidelines of a loved one's hospital bed. Survivor of suicidal depression and author Jennifer Brost claims that depression can quietly set in as one wonders what unforeseen tragedy might lurk around their street corner.
After a series of tragedies in which her mother-in-law, mother, father, unborn son died, as well as her own near death--all in 30 months time while in her early 20s, Jennifer found herself depressed and anxiety filled. "I was in constant fear from wondering what else God might cause or allow."
Through her book, "How I Suffered From My Theology: and regained my faith by questioning 3 beliefs," Brost is on a mission to help hurting people process their losses, pain, and fears in such a way that the same depression she dealt with is kept from ever developing.
"I had some beliefs about God's relationship to suffering that simply were not biblically based. I think we all ask questions about the spiritual meaning of hardship when we've been hit hard. It's my goal to help others see that God is still good and that hope is always present."
If there will be emotional fall-out for the many who will hear of yesterday's tragedy, Brost hopes it will be an opportunity for them to grow in their ability to manage and live with life's inevitable losses. *ISBN 9780977413607, $13.00 Paperback*
Jennifer Brost is the author of "How I Suffered From My Theology: and regained my faith by questioning 3 beliefs," (Deliverance Publishers, 2006), President of The Job Foundation (www.thejobfoundation), Pastor's Wife, and mother of two. Jennifer claims that her lifetime battle with depression abruptly ended when adopted what she calls a more biblically based perspective on the matter of suffering.